The Mind of Bluesleepy

I’m meeeeeeeeeeeelting!! 11 July 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — bluesleepy @ 8:05 pm

Holy cow, but it was hot today. My neighbors inform me it was 101º. I’m not sure it was actually that hot; I know the Sea-Tac Airport recorded 97º, a record high for this day.

Anyhow, it’s damn hot. I know that for sure.

We decided to eat lunch at the bakery today. We didn’t know what all we were going to do today; we just wanted to get the hell out of Dodge and into some cool air conditioning. The bakery isn’t air conditioned (many businesses here don’t have it because it’s really not cost-effective most of the year), but it was still cooler inside than it was out.

A friend of mine owns the bakery, and when I go in there, we end up BS-ing for quite some time. That happened again today (surprise surprise), so we were there probably two hours. Kurt scored some extra broccoli salad, though.

Right as we were about to wrap it up and leave, my friend J came in with her daughter. I got J addicted to the bakery for lunch too. We sat with them and chatted as they ate, an as they were finishing, J informed me she was taking Grace home with her.

Ummm, okay??

How do you say no when someone wants to watch your kid?? Answer: You don’t! You let her take her and go about your business with your husband!

The only problem was, with so little notice, Kurt and I couldn’t figure out what the hell we wanted to do. Neither of us wanted to go to the casino, and there isn’t much in this area we can’t do with Grace in tow.

We ended up just going to the mall and then picked up some milk at the commissary. But as we left the base, the truck started shuddering, and the next thing we know, the engine quit!!! Kurt would press the accelerator, and it would make this scary chattering noise. It was definitely not good.

So we headed off to the nearest gas station. By the time we got there, the truck seemed almost fine again. He managed to get it to shudder again a few times if he revved the engine and let it go back to idle, but it didn’t die again.

The folks at NAPA didn’t help much. Kurt was already planning to buy a fuel filter, but they had no better idea of what the problem could be with the truck. One guy thought it was definitely the alternator, but Kurt doesn’t think that’s the problem. We could run the a/c just fine in the truck all the way home, so it’s not the electrical system that’s the problem.

The problem might be the engine. Not good. We want to drive this truck to Rhode Island!!!

That said, I guess it’s better we have the problem now and not on the side of the road somewhere in Montana. Can you imagine us stranded somewhere in the middle of nowhere with Grace and the dog??? Not fun.

Maybe Kurt will get his wish of buying a car before we move to Rhode Island. I really love not having a car payment, but you know, it’s probably better to drive a safe car all the way to Rhode Island. We were planning to buy a new (to us, anyhow… I’m not a fan of new cars) vehicle soon anyhow. This poor truck is a ’99 Chevy Blazer. The mileage is low, but maybe it’s just time to move on.

Tomorrow the high will be a mere 82º!! Can you see me doing the happy dance in my chair???

PS — Kurt thanks you for all the well-wishes regarding his oyster poisoning.  He spent most of his duty day yesterday sleeping (in fact, he fell asleep at 7pm and didn’t wake back up till 2am after sleeping all morning long as well), so he feels much better now.  I’m glad.  I hate it when he’s sick.  I can’t do anything for him!


8 Responses to “I’m meeeeeeeeeeeelting!!”

  1. twisterjester Says:

    Yeah – I’d say time to get a new vehicle. You do NOT want to break down in the middle of moving cross country, no matter what time of year.

  2. Fi Says:

    What’s wrong with new new cars? I love ’em. As long as you do your research properly beforehand, it’s soooo much more reliable than buying someone else’s cast off. If it was still a good car they wouldn’t be getting rid of it. Plus, the newer cars are so much more fuel efficient. better for the wallet and better for the environment.

  3. michele Says:

    ooOOooOOoo it’s always so exciting to get a “new” car but I understand about the payment. it’s why we’re not buying a second car yet, either.

  4. yankeechick Says:

    New is good! I’m a firm believer in having a vehicle with a warranty! My Tahoe is used, but we got an awesome deal on an extended warranty for ‘Major Medical’. I just wanted a Tahoe SO bad, for SO long that I had to settle for a used one. For one thing, I don’t like the new ones (me thinks they’re ugly) and for another…..they’re just touchy bit pricey!!

  5. david Says:

    I gotta admit a new-new car sounds more reliable for the cross country trek.

    The pricey side of it is it’s downfall of course, and going from no car note to payments on a new-used will be change enough — I could see not wanting to jump all the way to the payment committment for a new-new car.

    But I swear to God if you buy a new-used car and it breaks down in the middle of montana and I have to come out there to rescue Gracie (I’ll think about helping the two of you, I promise. At least for a bit ;->) You WILL hear about it 😀

  6. The other half Says:

    DAMM TRUCK!! at least it happened now, vice Iowa!


  7. whatdayisit Says:

    We have been buying new for years…just because we didn’t want to buy someone else’s problem. And, if you are driving cross country and have a problem with the new-used, what are you doing to do…the place you bought it is “back there” and you need to get to the new place. So…guess you could run the risk of driving the old truck to the new place and hope it doesn’t break down on the way. Maybe it was the extremely hot weather…maybe it is the fuel pump. Hope your husband gets it figured out quickly.

  8. Michele Says:

    i didn’t know i could use my mixer to fold in the blueberries! thanks!!! i’ll try that next time. groovy! 🙂

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